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From 'Hunger Games' To The 'Twilight' Saga: The Best & Worst Book To Film Adaptations

March 18th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Lions Gate Entertainment
The Hunger Games hits theaters Friday in what looks to be a battle for box office gold (it’s already sold more pre-sale tickets than any of the Twilight movies, according to Fandango). And while it’s current 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes is reassuring, anxious fans still have a week to go before they’ll know for sure if director Gary Ross paid good enough tribute to Suzanne Collins’ literary franchise.

Before then, let’s take a look back at Hollywood’s best and worst popular franchise adaptations...

BEST: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Before Peter Ja...
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Chris Weitz 'Regrets' Directing 'The Golden Compass'

July 26th, 2011 3:26pm EDT
Chris Weitz
Director Chris Weitz has branded fantasy flop The Golden Compass his "greatest professional regret."

The American Pie filmmaker helmed the eagerly awaited 2007 movie, which starred Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman.

The film, based on the hugely successful but controversial His Dark Materials novel series by Philip Pullman, was expected to be the first of a lucrative franchise, but the movie flopped at the box office and the sequels have never been made.

And Weitz blames its failure on studio boss' insistence on stripping key elements of the novel because they have been perceived as anti-...
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The Best and Worst Young Adult Fantasy Movies

January 23rd, 2009 10:09am EST
Twilight
One of the reasons studios love to make movies from popular young adult (YA) books is that their built-in fanbases are almost guaranteed to flood the theaters in order to see their favorite characters come to life - and drag their parents along for the ride. The downside is that Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned, and walking the line between staying true to the beloved source material and making a decent movie isn't always easy. Like many others, Inkheart, opening January 23, starring Brendan Fraser, is based on a widely acclaimed novel.

Here we take a look at some of the ot...
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Biggest Box Office Flops

August 5th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Cutthroat Island
Movies tank all of the time. Just last weekend the new X-Files movie only managed to make a few dozen live chickens at the box office. Still that's not too bad, not really. Gillian Anderson might have some trouble getting work, but she's probably happy knowing that people still recognize her name. Some movies get a lot of press for their poor performances. Sure, Jessica Simpson's "Blonde Ambition" made about what The Dark Knight makes in an hour-but even that stinker wasn't a huge loss, not really. A genuine box office disaster is something special. The Anti-Dark Knight. Movies that bombard...
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Vampires: Why The Obsession?

July 3rd, 2008 8:45am EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
All around us are stories of the paranormal and fairytale worlds. Recent big-screen films have focused on hidden doorways to far off places (Chronicles of Narnia), talented wizards (Harry Potter) and even a crafty kid with an animal spirit sidekick (The Golden Compass). We've been inundated with ghosts, goblins and, yes, vampires.

The recent cancellation of "Moonlight" caused outrage in fanboys and fangirls everywhere. Thousands of viewers signed petitions urging CBS to change its mind. Rumors circulated that another network may pick up the show for a second season, but that didn...
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'Pulse Patrol': This Week's Most Talked About Comments On Starpulse

May 30th, 2008 3:15pm EDT
Pulse Patrol
Every week the STF (Starpulse Task Force) collects and displays the most interesting comments made on some of the more ridiculous news stories and topics on the website. There is no system for collecting comments, just the ones that the STF found amusing and entertaining.

News Highlights: In this week's batch there were a lot of remarks about the "Lohan Lesbo" Story, The "ageless Madonna" and "Sheen V. Richards Sperm War", as well as many observations on Flavor Flav's continuous love life and the "Kirk Cameron Scientology" firestorm. However, the most outrageous and disgraceful story ...
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Novel Roots: Best & Worst Films Based Off Of Books

May 20th, 2008 11:17am EDT
The Bourne Ultimatum
Many filmmakers are taking on the challenge of turning classic novels into feature films. It's a challenge because many people have fallen in love with the books and don't want directors messing with them. There are many books that were translated poorly on the big screen, but there are films that are just as good as the book, if not better.

In no particular order, here is a look at some of the best and worst films that are based off books:

THE BEST

Atonement

Joe Wright directed the 2007 film "Atonement," which is based off of Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel. James...
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New Movies On DVD, April 29

April 29th, 2008 8:00am EDT
27 Dresses
In 27 Dresses, a single woman (Katherine Heigl) who has served as a bridesmaid a shocking 27 times wrestles with the prospect of supporting her sister at the altar on number 28, despite having fallen helplessly in love with her smitten sibling's handsome husband-to-be. Also on DVD: The Golden Compass, How She Move and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
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'The Golden Compass' Arrives In A Two-Disc DVD Edition April 29

April 27th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Golden Compass
Embark on a heroic journey to save humanity as The Golden Compass arrives on DVD from New Line Home Entertainment on April 29, 2008. The sweeping family fantasy follows a curious young heroine, Lyra Belacqua, and her quest to protect the coveted Golden Compass – the last of a mystical, powerful device that can unveil the truth, reveal what others wish to hide and even see the future. Lyra's courageous nature and determination to protect the device – and rescue her best friend – open the door to an adventure that will take her over sky and ocean to the wilds of the icy north, where she will ...
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Minute-By-Minute Account Of The 80th Academy Awards

February 25th, 2008 8:35am EST
Jon Stewart
Only about 3,000 lucky spectators get to experience the majesty of Oscar night from inside the Kodak Theater, while the rest of us follow the action from our couch.

The following is minute-by-minute account from my couch. The snack of choice - frozen TGI Friday's Potato Skins. The drink of choice - selection of Henry Weinhardt's finest soft drinks.

For photos from the red carpet and show go here.

Now let's go to the play-by-play:

5:30 - So it appears the Oscars are delivered to the Kodak Theater by UPS through a digital dream world inhabited by all movie chase scenes. ...
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Who Will Win An Academy Award? Check Our Oscar Preview For Our Predictions

February 21st, 2008 2:00pm EST
Oscar heavyweight No Country For Old Men
It's going to happen after all. For months Hollywood was left to wonder whether or not its crown jewel, the Oscars, would even go on. But with the strike resolved and plenty of time left to plan, tinsletown is certain to be completely alight once again this Sunday for yet another four or five or maybe even six hours in heaven.

But what should we expect from the first real movie awards show of the season? Probably some lame jokes, great performances and many upsets since the out-of-work voters actually had a chance to see all the nominees.

Most Anticipated Moment:

This has...
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The Complete List Of 80th Annual Academy Award Nominations Is Announced

January 22nd, 2008 9:35am EST
There Will Be Blood
1. Best Picture: ''Atonement,'' ''Juno,'' ''Michael Clayton,'' ''No Country for Old Men,'' ''There Will Be Blood.''

2. Actor: George Clooney, ''Michael Clayton''; Daniel Day-Lewis, ''There Will Be Blood''; Johnny Depp, ''Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street''; Tommy Lee Jones, ''In the Valley of Elah''; Viggo Mortensen, ''Eastern Promises.''

3. Actress: Cate Blanchett, ''Elizabeth: The Golden Age''; Julie Christie, ''Away From Her''; Marion Cotillard, ''La Vie en Rose''; Laura Linney, ''The Savages''; Ellen Page, ''Juno.''

4. Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, ''The As...
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Opening December 7: The Golden Compass

December 4th, 2007 11:58am EST
The Golden Compass
A young girl ventures into a perilous parallel universe to rescue her best friend and fight the forces of darkness in director Chris Weitz's adaptation of the first installment of author Philip Pullman's best-selling fantasy trilogy. Screen newcomer Dakota Blue Richards stars as young heroine Lyra Belacqua, Casino Royale star Daniel Craig appears a... Continue Summary

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Has Hollywood Run Out of Ideas?

November 20th, 2007 11:49am EST
Underdog Movie
There no longer seems to be much originality in Hollywood. When did the ability to sit down and write a captivating screenplay from scratch go out of style? It seems that Hollywood is stuck on turning cartoons and video games into movies. And there's the predatory sequel often lurking and waiting to be as bad as the original movie or better, if we're lucky.

Cartoon Disasters

Talk about digging something out of the woodwork. In the summer of 2007, the 1964-1973 cartoon "Underdog" was brought to life on the big screen, and we have to wonder why? Kids probably enjoyed it, and "Und...
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Starpulse 2007 Holiday Movie Preview, Part 2

November 14th, 2007 12:00pm EST
Beowulf
This is the time of year many moviegoers get giddy. In addition to Oscar contenders and holiday films, fantasy often makes its mark on the big screen.

Part Two - Visions of Sugarplums- Fantasy

Closely linked to the "Instant Holiday Classic" is a surge in fantasy films that often accompany the season. The fantasy genre capitalizes on that same childhood yearning for holiday magic that Christmas specials do. These feelings open the door to fantastical worlds, and not just those located in the North Pole.

Last year marked a noticeable absence of these films despite the success...
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New Line Cinema Raises Polar Bear Awareness

October 29th, 2007 11:36am EDT
The Golden Compass
In the new fantasy adventure film The Golden Compass, polar bears protect themselves with suits of armor. In the real world, threats to polar bears are not so easily abated.

This majestic species is one of many in danger of extinction due to harsh changes in climate, which is why New Line Cinema has launched a unique partnership today with the World Wildlife Fund to help educate the public about the impact global warming is having on animals throughout the world.

"Connecting WWF's real work to combat global climate change to the fantasy world portrayed in 'The Golden Compass' is ...
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'Pride And Prejudice' Is Voted Best Book by British

March 1st, 2007 1:47pm EST
In a survey to mark the tenth anniversary of World Book Day, classic literature dominated the list of books people cannot live without, with Pride and Prejudice beating Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, Lord of the Rings, into second place.

Two of the Brontë sisters appear alongside Charles Dickens and George Orwell, showing that, despite the Richard & Judy factor, the nation’s readers still treasure their classics. "Pride and Prejudice" narrowly topped the survey ahead of "Lord of the Rings" trilogy with a fifth of all participants voting for it. The 10 books the UK can’t live without are:
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